Two-year olds and eating...

Jessie - posted on 03/06/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get my two-year old to eat what she asks to eat? For example, she will ask me for some yogurt and then refuse to eat it. It usually ends up going to waste, as you can't save yogurt for a long period of time. She does this often (and with other foods as well). I know it's partially a control issue at this age, but I still would appreciate any suggestions so I don't end up wasting so much food.

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Janelle - posted on 03/07/2009

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my daughter did/does the same thing! At first I didn't notice the pattern and that's when it got worse. She would ask for yogurt, take a bite, then say she wanted something else, take a bite of that and then tell me she was done. She wanted me to make her a little bit of everything in the house and that just wasn't going to work for me! So eventually when she asked for some particular food I would ask her, Are you sure you want that? and will you eat it all? She still tried to eat a bite and say she was done after promising me she would eat it, so I told her that if I threw it out we wouldn't be able to do something fun later in the day like play with play-doh or paints. She's addicted to ice cream too so I tell her that if she doesn't finish her food she can't have any. Now, for the most part, she eats what she asks for and also what I give her. It took a long time though due to grandparents "spoiling". I can't tell you how many times she comes home from my mother in laws and tells me that all she ate over there was candy! My mom is the same though. Even if she doesn't eat dinner she still offers her ice cream afterwards. So now it's a matter of making sure the grandma's keep her eating well and rewarding her if she cleans her plate. hershey kisses or m&m's seem to work best as a small reward for a full belly!

Raana - posted on 03/07/2009

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I seem to have a similar problem.  I don't want to create a food issue for him so I don't push him too much.  I often put on a funny voice and ask him to eat.  That sometimes works one bite at a time....

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